Dr. Sullivan has some very useful ideas in this book to explain negative, neutral, and positive self-talk. Dr. Sullivan writes, "Just like you can feel stuck in the mud, you can feel like you are stuck in negative thoughts..." or negative muck. In the book Dr. Sullivan describes the four flavors of negative self-talk: 1) all
or negative thinking; 2) jumping to conclusions; 3) should statements; and 4) magnification. I highly recommend this resource for counselors and parents. There is also a companion journal available for purchase (but I did not buy it so I can't say if it is worthwhile).